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World Health Organization Identifies Countries at Risk for Spread of Ebola Human Wrongs Watch

Human Wrongs Watch 29 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has identified six countries at risk for spread of the Ebola virus disease, adding that it is working with them to ensure that full surveillance, preparedness and response plans are in place. “The following countries share land borders or major transportation connections with the affected countries and are therefore at ri ...

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UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

New York, 27 August 2014 — Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies, the UN ...

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WHO issues “roadmap” to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

GINEBRA, Suiza, 28 de agosto 2014 Organización Prensa / Africana (APO) / - La Organización Mundial de la Salud publica hoy una "hoja de ruta" para orientar y coordinar la respuesta internacional al brote de la enfermedad del virus del Ébola en África Occidental.   El objetivo es detener la transmisión de Ebola en curso en todo el mundo dentro de 6-9 meses, mientras que la gestión rápida de las consecue ...

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Desperate struggle against starvation in South Sudan

By Mike Pflanz*, (UNICEF) – As a food crisis threatens millions in conflict-stricken South Sudan, families are eating whatever they can to survive. Without more urgent international help, many will likely die of starvation.* KIECH KUON, South Sudan, 25 August 2014 – In the field next to Nyakaka Wal’s home in rural South Sudan, maize plants stand tall and dense, an acre or more of desperately needed food slo ...

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WHO issues “roadmap” to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Health Organization is today issuing a “roadmap” to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6–9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes t ...

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Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis

As the death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,400, two American missionaries who received experimental drugs and top-notch healthcare have been released from the hospital. We spend the hour with Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer discussing what can be done to stop the epidemic and the need to build local healthcare capacity, not just an emergency response. "The Ebola outbreak, w ...

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law. The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more v ...

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A Christian Network against Homophobic Campaigning by African Churches

Interview with Nigerian gay rights activist Davis Mac-Iyalla by Steven Hummer and Johanna Heuveling, August 2014 In Nigeria, like in many African countries, homosexual acts are punished with long prison terms or even the death penalty. Christian churches play a crucial role in promoting anti-homosexuality sentiments and mob violence. While in Europe religion plays a minor role in everyday life, churches in ...

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As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis?

The World Health Organization is now saying the number of reported cases and deaths of Ebola in West Africa vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak. The official death toll from the Ebola outbreak is now at 1,069 since February. Guinea has become the fourth country in Africa to declare a national health emergency as it battles the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the worst outbreak since the dise ...

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Experts Discuss in Geneva on Use of Experimental Drugs for Ebola

Geneva, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Experts in medical ethics are meeting in Geneva to set ethical limits on the use of experimental treatments for Ebola, a disease which since March has killed about a thousand people. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to convene this meeting, which seeks to determine if drugs still in preclinical trials can be used in humans, and in the case of authorizing i ...

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